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Oxygen Dependent Copd
May be ok: Many times, i will tell my patients with COPD and oxygen to turn up their oxygen level slightly when flying on a plane. Most of the time, that can do the trick. If available, i would see if you can do an actual flight simulation, where they have you breathe lower level of oxygen to see what happens to your oxygen level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
I have copd. What can cause me to have a great oxygen level when lying still, but have it go down when active? More active i am, the lower it goes.
Activity: In some patients with copd, the lungs can't supply enough oxygen to keep the oxygen level (saturation) normal. This may happen with activity when the body starts to use up its oxygen supply. If you rest, you can catch up and get back to normal. However, you may need oxygen at this point. There are specific criteria to qualify, so talk to your family doctor or lung specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not true: The comment is a fallacy. A patient who has COPD and needs oxygen should get as much liter flow to keep a sat>88. Patients with high co2 buildup should use oxygen to a saturation of>86-87. That is because that pts co2 will rise if increased oxygen is given, making the pt less alert. ...Read more
What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?
Aerophagia: If I am understanding it right you meant bloated. There are several causes as in dyspepsia, gallstone, and other abdominal problems. It is common in people with COPD to breath fast and swallow air, and can cause a sense of bloating in the abdomen. If different, go see your md and may clarify it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Delivery: Perspective is that 21% is the concentration from the air we breath. 2-3% increase in concentration is from each liter of oxygen added. So 1 liter is about 24% and this can go through a nasal canula tube. Over 4-5 liters, you cannot get this from a canula and need continuous flow to maintain the concentration. This would be considered "high" in my book. Not sure if this answers your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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